As 2021 hair appointments draw closer, one thing’s for sure: The bob cut is trending — big time. Kourtney Kardashian made the chop earlier this year, ditching her long strands for a short, textured bob courtesy of celebrity hairstylist Peter Savic. Her new look has prompted a spirited discussion about how perfect the style is, not just for celebrities but for everyone craving a change, and how to find the best bob haircut for your face shape.
Among the fans and beauty experts supporting the trend is hairstylist-to-the-stars Chris Appleton. “The bob is really hot this season because people are looking for a fresh new look after this crazy year with minimal hair cuts,” he tells TZR. For reference, that includes just about every style, be it a layered ’90s-inspired cut or a blunt-cut style with a glossy finish, à la Kim Kardashian.
“Bobs are universally flattering,” Appleton continues. Nonetheless, he cautions against choosing a length you love on a whim. He advises that the key to a good bob cut is finding the right length that best suits you. Seemingly inspired by Kourtney’s new ’do, Appleton took to Instagram just days after the Poosh founder posted about her new look to share his tips for determining the best bob haircut for your face shape.
The Los Angeles-based expert recommends talking through your ideal length with your hairstylist before committing to a short or long (aka lob) style.
Ahead, find the best bob haircut for your specific face shape, courtesy of Appleton, plus a few of TZR’s favorite celebrities who’ve embraced the hairstyle through the years.
Round Face: Long Bob
Adding just a bit more length to your bob (for a “lob” if you will) can draw the eyes down and give a round face shape more angles and dimension. This is also a great cut if you’re new to short hair and are giving the chop a shot without losing too much hair.
Square Face: Mid-Length and Layered
A strong jawline is a gorgeous asset, but it can make a bob feel more severe without the right shape. A mid-length cut with subtle layers (or even a light fringe) can soften the whole look and help your natural beauty shine.
Oval Face: Chin-Length Or Just Below
This face shape can really withstand any cut (lucky!) but a jaw-skimming style will break up the longer silhouette and accentuate your neck. Play with texture and layers as well — there’s no wrong way to style this look.
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